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The Daily 202: Republicans keep doorway open to endorse Merrick Garland during a sore duck


Even as they reason a line in refusing to extend a president’s Supreme Court hopeful a discussion before November, dual dozen Republican senators presumably support or do not order out permitting a opinion to endorse Merrick Garland during a lame-duck session.

As a senators lapse to Washington now from a two-week recess, this is a unfolding that many in a Capitol see as probable: If Hillary Clinton is inaugurated president, she is probably certain to commission someone who is both some-more on-going and younger than President Obama’s collect to attain Antonin Scalia. Even if they conduct to reason their majority, it is a circuitously mathematical certainty that Republicans will reason fewer Senate seats subsequent year than they do now. So, to forestall Clinton from relocating a justice serve leftward, Republicans could rush Garland by during a dual months after a choosing and before a new Congress gets sworn in.

GOP leaders, including Mitch McConnell, have publicly ruled out that they would do this. But some aides secretly acknowledge such a gambit stays a possibility.

Our reporters canvassed all 54 members of a Republican conference, seeking everybody (either directly or their spokesperson) possibly they support hearings, possibly they’re peaceful to accommodate with Garland and possibly they could support movement in a lame-duck session.

As of this morning, 52 of a 54 GOP senators conflict a discussion for Garland, let alone an up-or-down vote. The usually dual who welfare hearings are Susan Collins of Maine and Mark Kirk of Illinois.

Two other Republicans, who are adult for reelection this year and presumably exposed to primary challenges, have altered their tune. Jerry Moran of Kansas told a Rotary Club that senators “have a shortcoming to have a hearing” a week before last. Then, on Friday night, he recanted after a torrent of calls and emails orchestrated by a constellation of disturbed groups. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska has topsy-turvy herself over a past few weeks. She went from observant “the hopeful should get a hearing” to observant she “respects a decision” of Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley “not to reason hearings.”

At slightest 16 Republican senators contend they devise to accommodate with Garland in their offices. But these rite print ops don’t unequivocally matter much.

Asked if they would support a opinion to endorse Garland during a lame-duck eventuality if Clinton wins, 3 senators pronounced yes: Collins, Kirk and Jeff Flake of Arizona.

An additional 20 senators declined to denote an on-the-record position about possibly they would support lame-duck action: John Barrasso (Wyo.), Bill Cassidy (La.), Thad Cochran (Miss.), Bob Corker (Tenn.), Tom Cotton (Ark.), Mike Crapo (Idaho), Mike Enzi (Wyo.), Joni Ernst (Iowa), Deb Fischer (Neb.), Jim Inhofe (Okla.), James Lankford (Okla.), John McCain (Ariz.), Mike Rounds (S.D.), Ben Sasse (Neb.), Jeff Sessions (Ala.), Dan Sullivan (Alaska), John Thune (S.D.), Pat Toomey (Pa.), David Vitter (La.) and Roger Wicker (Miss.).

And Orrin Hatch of Utah, who has praised Garland in a past, has been all over a place on a lame-duck question. After floating a idea, he after pronounced he misspoke. “I’ve never unequivocally been open to that,” he told Kelsey Snell. “I’m observant he’s a excellent masculine and we consider it ought to be a subsequent boss who creates a choice. I’ve been misconstrued and it competence be given we fumbled my comments.” Mike DeBonis has a story about the stream state of play in a acknowledgment battle here; Check out our interactive striking with how any Republican member answered a 3 questions here.

Something like two-thirds of Americans wish Congress to act on Garland, nonetheless many electorate don’t caring all that much. And conservatives are proceed some-more dismissed adult about holding on to Scalia’s chair than liberals are about confirming Garland – a white masculine and former prosecutor who is some-more assuage than a other Democratic appointees on a D.C. Circuit. (If we missed it, two weeks ago we explored a unrestrained opening from Wisconsin.)

Senate Democrats continue perplexing to activate their bottom and keep Republican hindrance in a news. Elizabeth Warren will seem on a discussion call for magnanimous activists after today. Obama will give a discuss about a cavity this Thursday during a University of Chicago Law School.

Some distinguished liberals wish Obama to lift Garland’s assignment if a Democrat wins a White House to forestall Garland from being reliable in a sore duck. But comparison administration officials continue to be austere that Obama will not repel Garland if Hillary wins, no matter how many vigour he faces from a left.


— Scoop: Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Ariz.) will announce now that she lifted some-more than $1 million during a initial entertain to support her discuss opposite John McCain. Polls already uncover a tighten race. If Donald Trump is a nominee, some Republicans worry a Arizona Senate competition will turn really competitive. And McCain still contingency win his GOP primary. Kirkpatrick now has $1.3 million income on hand.

— Deportations began in Europe. “The European Union began promulgation behind opposite a sea hundreds of people who, usually days ago, braved a channel to Greece aboard groundless rubber rafts in hunt of a new life,” our Griff Witte reports from Mytilene. “Just after emergence on Lesbos, several bus-loads of organisation were led aboard dual ferries underneath formidable infantry and infantry guard. The ferries, drifting Turkish flags, steamed out of a pier and incited easterly toward a rising object along a Turkish coast. The deportations are a initial of thousands approaching underneath a E.U.’s devise to finish a continent’s interloper predicament by changeable a weight onto adjacent Turkey. Human rights groups have cursed a devise as a defilement of simple rights. … More deportations are approaching to follow after in a week, with Europe anticipating that images of people being sent behind will emanate adequate of a hindrance to hindrance a upsurge of new arrivals.”

— Amtrak will work frequently scheduled trains now after Sunday’s deadly derailment usually south of Philadelphia. There competence be some residual delays, however, on Acela Express, Northeast Regional and other services between Philadelphia and Wilmington, Delaware. Train 89 was going from New York to Savannah, Georgia, during about 8 a.m. when it strike a backhoe that was on a track. Two Amtrak workers were killed and some-more than 30 passengers were sent to hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries. (Faiz Siddiqui and Ashley Halsey III)

— Alaska Air Group Inc. announced skeleton to buy Virgin America in a understanding value about $4 billion. “Alaska Air is now a sixth-largest U.S. conduit by trade and serves 90 destinations in a United States, Canada and Mexico. Acquiring Virgin America would give a larger reach, including links with Dallas Love Field and some-more transcontinental service,” per Brian Murphy.

— Ted Cruz announced feat in North Dakota’s GOP convention, observant he won 18 of 25 unbound delegate slots. The welfare of representatives came after a senator flew to Fargo and sent Carly Fiorina to schmooze for him. Ben Carson spoke for Trump. Technically, none of a representatives are compulsory to support Cruz – or any other candidate, David Weigel explains: “While Cruz’s organisation identified 18 supporters among 25 ‘unbound’ representatives that North Dakota Republicans elected, zero they said, and no list they seemed on, organisation any representatives to a choice during July’s convention. … Several representatives indicated they were usually ‘leaning toward Cruz,’ or simply opposite to Trump.” Cruz’s success came in annoy of a state’s sole congressman, Kevin Cramer, endorsing Trump during a convention.


  1. The Cleveland Indians will no longer use a Chief Wahoo logo as a organisation symbol, replacing it with a block C. (Cindy Boren)
  2. U.S. Special Operations army are regulating inadequate purloin sights, notwithstanding a “potentially lethal risk” they poise in fight situations. The sovereign supervision staid a lawsuit with manufacturers final November, nonetheless they have not nonetheless removed or transposed a poor devices. (Thomas Gibbons-Neff)
  3. A published news formed on 11.5 million leaked annals says associates of Russian President Vladimir Putin have changed as many as $2 billion by offshore accounts. The emails came from a Panamanian law firm, Mossack Fonseca Co. (Scott Higham

  4. Syrian infantry reclaimed a city of Qaryatain, delivering what activists contend is a “significant setback” to ISIS. The allege deprives a rivalry of a categorical bottom in executive Syria and comes one week after infantry recaptured Palmyra. (AP)
  5. Heart failure patients with clogged arteries have a aloft 10-year presence rate if they bear bypass medicine and take medicine, rather than “just drugs alone,” according to an international study. (Lindsey Tanner)
  6. Azerbaijan announced a uneven cease-fire opposite secular Armenian forces, nonetheless reports of continued assault in a segment stirred universe leaders to call for an finish to a days-long territorial battle. (Andrew Roth)
  7. The infamous hacker “Guccifer” appeared in a U.S. justice for a initial time Friday. Marcel Lehel Lazar, of Romania, faces charges for cyber-stalking, aggravated temperament burglary and unapproved entrance of a stable computer. (Matt Zapotosky)
  8. A New Hampshire lady was arrested after charity “Donald Trump” branded heroin. (Union Leader)
  9. U-Conn. and Syracuse advanced to a women’s NCAA pretension game. In advancing to a final, a Huskies (37-0) won their 74th diversion in a row.
  10. Former U.S. inhabitant soccer actor Abby Wambach apologized after being arrested for a DUI in Portland. “This is all on me,” she pronounced on Facebook. (Cindy Boren)

WISCONSIN’S PRIMARY IS TOMORROW: Cruz stays a favorite to win.

— “Trump redrew his news to persevere a final days to barnstorming a state — even blank his new grandson’s bris — in an apparent bid to locate Cruz,” Philip Rucker and Dan Balz news from Milwaukee. “A improved for Trump would be an annoying reversal — not usually given of a 42 representatives during stake, nonetheless given it would denote debility in a place where he should be strong. The state’s blue-collar demographics, along with celebration manners permitting eccentric electorate to expel ballots in a primary, have been approaching to work in his favor.” (Rep. Reid Ribble (R-Wis.) permitted Cruz over a weekend.)

— Cruz sensitively launched his initial conflict ad opposite John Kasich over a weekend. His organisation sees Kasich as a intensity spoiler in a Badger State. “The spot, that was initial reported by CNN (and not expelled by a campaign), portrays a Ohio administrator as being accessible with a house that perceived unjustifiable state taxation breaks. The blurb arrived as a pro-Cruz Trusted Leadership PAC had usually introduced an ad slamming Kasich for expanding Medicaid underneath President Obama’s health-care law — after attack him days progressing with a mark accusing him of carrying a ‘liberal record.’” (Read Sean Sullivan’s storyWatch a recording of a ad.)

Trump, for his part, indicted Kasich of “siphoning away” some-more votes from him than Cruz. “He’s not holding Cruz’s votes. He’s holding my votes,” the front-runner told reporters in Milwaukee, adding that he uttered exasperation about him during his assembly during a RNC final week. (Jose A. DelReal)

— ZIGNAL VISUAL: Charlie Sykes, who has a vast following among conservatives in southeastern Wisconsin, will merit a vast share of a credit if Cruz wins Wisconsin. The radio horde has been aggressively pro-Cruz and is a self-described #NeverTrump-er. His antagonistic talk with The Donald final week circulated widely among Trump foes. His outspokenness was a cause in pulling Walker to come out publicly for Cruz. Our analytics partners during Zignal Labs send over a Trump and Cruz word clouds for the last dual weeks, comprised of all tweets and stories that mentioned Sykes and presumably of a candidates. Note a opposite tenor, and disastrous skewing of a Trump cloud:


— With dueling press releases, Clinton and Sanders battled over when an nearing discuss should take place. Clinton’s discuss charity Apr 14 and 15 as possibilities, while Sanders’s organisation pushed Apr 10. 

  • Sanders’ orator Michael Briggs said Clinton’s due dates and venues “don’t make sense”: “The suspicion that they wish a discuss on a night of a NCAA finals, with Syracuse in a tournament, is ludicrous.” Sanders also indicted Clinton of charity a date when she knew he was formulation a vast convene in New York City. 
  • The DNC finally weighed in final night, saying both possibilities formerly concluded to reason remaining debates on weeknights – so statute out Sanders’s due date of Apr 10. The DNC requested “five to 7 days” allege notice to publicize and forewarn sponsors. 
  • Location is another source of disagreement. Sanders has regularly pushed for a discuss in Brooklyn, where he was innate and lifted – and an area that his discuss sees as favorable ground. Clinton, meanwhile, has due hosting a eventuality somewhere upstate. (John Wagner)

— To preempt Trump attacks, a Clinton discuss has begun aggressively emphasizing her STAMINA to reporters. “Clinton’s aides, who are good into their preparations for a probable general-election matchup opposite Trump, have begun executing a devise to opposite Trump’s settlement of personal insults by ‘going big’ on process and piece – and also by being unshy about observant her gusto for marathon work days,” our Abby Phillip and Anne Gearan report. “Aides have described in detail, for instance, how Clinton responded to a Brussels belligerent attacks as Americans awakened to a harmful news. After nearing in Seattle during roughly 2 a.m. internal time for discuss stops after in a day, Clinton was watchful and scheming to place a array of phone calls to a vital radio networks by 5 a.m., when coverage of a attacks was good underway on a East Coast. … It irks supporters that Trump, who is also comparison than Clinton and has some-more grandchildren, could take shots during Clinton that spirit during her age as a liability.”

— Sanders would be in a many stronger position right now if he’d been peaceful to strike Clinton harder and keep a some-more assertive discuss news final year. There’s now accord on his organisation that he blundered by wearing child gloves and not courting minority electorate some-more heavily in early 2015. The New York Times’ Patrick Healy and Yamiche Alcindor interviewed 15 people who are on Sanders’s organisation or tighten to him:

  • He wasn’t in it to win it early on: “He was creatively doubtful that he could kick Mrs. Clinton, and his goal in 2015 was to widespread his domestic summary about a fraudulent America rather than do whatever it took to win a nomination. By a time he … secretly began to trust he could improved Mrs. Clinton, she was already on her proceed to building an all nonetheless indomitable hopeful lead.”
  • “He suspicion he could contest effectively by campaigning about 3 days a week while a Senate was in eventuality and afterwards creation week-long trips when Congress was on break. As a result, he had singular time to discuss in essential states like South Carolina; he canceled a revisit to Charleston in mid-June after a church shootings there, and he did not lapse to a city until late August.”
  • “Despite a propelling of some advisers, Mr. Sanders refused final tumble and early winter to impugn Mrs. Clinton over her $675,000 in vocalization fees from Goldman Sachs, an emanate that he now targets roughly daily. He also gave her a pass on her use of private email as secretary of state, even nonetheless some allies wanted him to feat it. And he insisted on devoting time to his office as a senator from Vermont final year rather than relating Mrs. Clinton’s all-out bid to constraint a nomination. Some advisers now contend that if he had campaigned some-more in Iowa, he competence have avoided his vicious detriment there.”
  • Bob Kerrey, a former Nebraska administrator and senator who ran for a Democratic assignment in 1992 and who has permitted Mrs. Clinton in a stream race, pronounced Mr. Sanders competence be winning now if he had relentlessly pressured Mrs. Clinton given final fall over her closed-door speeches to Wall Street banks, her purpose in a finances of Clinton Foundation programs, and other vulnerabilities  … ‘Making a transcripts of a Goldman speeches open would have been devastating’ to Mrs. Clinton, Mr. Kerrey said. ‘When a G.O.P. gets finished revelation a Clinton Global Initiative fund-raising and responsibility story, Bernie supporters will consternation given he didn’t do a same.’”

— Sanders competence have mislaid the Nevada caucuses, nonetheless he picked up a lot of representatives in the second turn of “county conventions” on Saturday. (John Wagner)

— In a center of chastising Trump for dogmatism towards Muslims, Sanders told a Milwaukee assembly that some of his kin died in a Holocaust as a outcome of “a goofy … stirring adult secular hatred.” The full quote, around Wagner: “Some of we know I’m Jewish,” he pronounced during a city hall. “My father came to this nation during a age of 17 from Poland. He came over, other people in his family did not. Those people died. Children died … So that is in my heart, to see what a goofy can do by stirring adult secular hatred.” The Vermont senator simplified his remarks to ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, observant he “did not review Trump to Hitler.”

— Bernie’s New York business is in a super-hip Gowanus neighborhood. Hillary’s inhabitant domicile is in a high-rise in a reduction edgy Brooklyn Heights. The Boston Globe’s Annie Linskey frames The Battle of Brooklyn as a microcosm of, or story for, a whole Democratic contest:

  • “Of a dual headquarters, Clinton’s discuss offices are physically closest to Sanders’ favorite target, Wall Street, distant by a brief transport float underneath a East River. One Pierrepont Plaza, where Clinton’s organisation occupies dual floors, has also been a home to a back-office bank workers of Morgan Stanley. St. Ann’s School, usually opposite from Clinton’s headquarters, charges $36,080 for preschool. The Clinton-occupied high-rise has 24-hour confidence in a discriminating lobby, that means labyrinth into a discuss domicile nonetheless an appointment isn’t an option. Those who get in will see cubicles with an open building devise and — for some — a autocratic viewpoint of a borough.”
  • Sanders’ Brooklyn business is blocks from a water, too, nonetheless nobody goes to object themselves along a circuitously Gowanus Canal. You can smell a water, and not in a desirable way, when a breeze blows from a west. At a circuitously restaurant, a Sanders discuss staffer removed that a dolphin swam adult a gross waterway a few years back. The animal died. What Gowanus lacks in sea life, it overcompensates for with immature people. Artists. Musicians. Glass-blowers. Like Sanders’ domestic career, a area has been on a border for a prolonged time. Suddenly people wish to be a partial of it.”

— Veepstakes – Bibi denies Tim Kaine explain about private meeting: The Virginia senator pronounced in a radio talk final week that both Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu voiced dismay during a anti-Muslim tongue entrance from some of a presidential possibilities during a CODEL in January. “These guys determine on zero nonetheless they both pronounced to this organisation of senators ‘what’s going on in a presidential race?’” Kaine told a VA Talk Radio Network, according to BuzzFeed. “And especially, they were really disturbed about some of a anti-Muslim tongue entrance out of some of a possibilities given they are societies that are too sectarian. They wish one day to be less, nonetheless a usually proceed to get there is if they have an instance of a nation where people of opposite religions can live and work together and go to propagandize together and make it work. We’ve been that instance for them and they’re really shaken when they see us backsliding.” 

A orator for Netanyahu emailed BuzzFeed: “Prime Minister Netanyahu is really clever to equivocate even a entrance of welfare among American presidential candidates. In his assembly with Senator Kaine and his colleagues, Prime Minister Netanyahu did not denote any opinion about a possibilities or any of their positions.”


— “Republicans on FEC advise they competence investigate poser corporate donors,” by Matea Gold: “The 3 Republican appointees on a divided FEC have indicated domestic donors who give by private companies to defense identities can be sanctioned, signaling a organisation competence investigate ‘pop-up’ companies giving vast sums to super PACs …  Democratic commissioners reacted with skepticism, observant GOP colleagues [previously] behind and blocked hearing of such cases … But Republican commissioner Lee Goodman, pronounced that contributors seeking to facade themselves by a secretly hold association or LLC should consider twice. ‘Six commissioners have now taken a position that closely hold LLCs can violate a law underneath certain resources when they make contributions to super PACs,’ he said. ‘Now everybody should be on notice … ‘If we flue income by an LLC entity for a purpose of creation a domestic grant and avoiding avowal of yourself, that is an abuse of a LLC vehicle,’ Goodman added.”

— “Another Western involvement in Libya looms,” by Missy Ryan and Sudarsan Raghavan: “The unsure entrance final week of a new togetherness supervision in Libya brings Western nations, including a U.S., many closer to a renewed infantry goal there, and to a horde of obstacles that will exam their ability to secure a nation gripped by Islamist extremism and polite fight … Western officials hailed [the designation of Libyan technocrat Fayez Serraj] as a pointer that a country’s domestic order is finally entrance to an end. The indeterminate swell comes as a U.S. progresses with skeleton to launch strong attacks opposite a Islamic State’s Libyan branch, that is a group’s strongest associate outward Iraq and Syria. Planners during U.S. Africa Command are now building dozens of targets opposite Libya that [western] warplanes competence strike. They operation from a coastal city of Sirte, where a nonconformist organisation has determined a refuge, to Ajdabiya, Sabratha and a belligerent building of Derna. U.S. jets twice carried out strikes opposite there given final fall.”

— “They were liberated from Boko Haram’s rape camps. But their calamity isn’t over,” by Kevin Sieff: “Few could have illusory such an outcome dual years ago, when 276 schoolgirls were kidnapped by Boko Haram and a universe responded with a #BringBackOurGirls campaign. While many of those schoolgirls are still missing, many insincere other kidnapped women would be tenderly welcomed back. [Instead,] a infantry sensitively deposited them in banishment camps or deserted buildings, where they are monitored by armed organisation questionable of their loyalties … They are still labeled ‘Boko Haram wives.’ Authorities contend there are good reasons for their wariness. Last year, 39 of 89 Boko Haram self-murder bombings were carried out by women … 21 of these enemy were underneath 18, girls abducted and converted into assassins … No one knows accurately given some women prisoner and abused became killers, [whether] it was teaching or threats … Either way, reintegrating a replaced has turn vastly some-more formidable for authorities. And for survivors perplexing to pierce on from a horrific section of their lives, there is new agony.”


— From a 96-minute talk Trump gave Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, that ran on a front page of Sunday’s newspaper: Trump pronounced he would not collect an alien like himself as a vice-presidential using mate, nonetheless rather, “somebody that can travel into a Senate and who’s been accessible with these guys for 25 years, and people for 25 years. And can get things done. So we would 95 percent see myself picking a domestic authority as opposite to somebody from a outside.” Read a longer story here. See a full twin here.

— The New York Post interviews Ivana on how she advises Donald. “Trump’s initial wife, a regressive who mended fences with her ex, says they pronounce before and after his appearances. ‘I advise a few things,’ pronounced Ivana.” More from her discuss with Dana Schuster:

  • On possibly Trump is a feminist: “I don’t consider he’s feminist,” Ivana said. “He loves women. But not a feminist.” (Ivana’s reps called The Post after a talk to explain that Donald was a feminist. Then they called to contend he wasn’t. An hour later, they pronounced he was.)
  • On Trump’s bluntness: “Donald can't be calm,” pronounced Ivana, who pronounced she gave him a sign “you consider it, we contend it.” She adds that Donald is a “brilliant businessman” … who would approximate himself with “fantastic advisers, like Carl Icahn. Really shining minds.”
  • On how to get behind “America’s prestige?” The initial step is adopting Trump’s immigration policies – nonetheless Ivana is an newcomer herself. “I have zero opposite Mexicans,” she said. “As prolonged as we come here legally and get a correct office … we need immigrants. Who’s going to opening a vital bedrooms and purify adult after us? Americans don’t like to do that.”

— New York Magazine, “Inside a Most Unorthodox Campaign in Political History,” by Gabriel Sherman: “If Reagan showed us Hollywood was good training for politics, Trump is proof that a opening skills schooled in complicated party arenas are even some-more useful. Which is how Trump’s scorched-earth devise coalesced. To mangle out of a pack, he [decided] to be provocative, even outrageous. ‘If we were presidential, I’d be one of many people who are already out of a race,’ Trump said. And this regulation worked improved than anyone, including Trump, could have illusory … When he launched his campaign, Trump suspected it would hiss and he’d eventually lapse to The Apprentice. But as weeks passed, he resisted calls to professionalize his campaign. Why bother, when [his approach] was operative so well? But now a cracks are starting to show. … ‘I’ve had good ratings from a time we was born, for whatever reason,’ he said. ‘It hasn’t usually started.’ Now that his discuss seems some-more vulnerable, however, we can’t assistance nonetheless consternation if he wishes he could go behind to a existence uncover where he can’t be fired.”

— Buzzfeed, “Meet Trump’s Hispanics,” by Adrian Carrasquillo: “Trump is poisonous with many Latino voters. But even a low commission of Latino electorate would meant a integrate million Hispanic supporters … Who are these people? … In interviews, [Latino] Trump supporters stressed their American roots. No one was usually Puerto Rican or Mexican, and few used a hyphenated temperament common in a Hispanic community. One pronounced his family ‘has been in a nation a integrate hundred years’ and another when asked his ethnicity pronounced his family was ‘from Texas, that used to be Mexico.Many of his Hispanic supporters contend they weren’t annoyed given they don’t trust he was referring to them. ‘He didn’t insult all Mexicans by his comments,’ pronounced Antonio Rios, a former Sanders believer who flipped to Trump. ‘I’m large adequate to know what he meant.’ One thing they all have in common, though, is a thick skin.”


— Reince Priebus, appearing on all 5 Sunday shows, said Trump’s threats to abandon his GOP faithfulness oath “have consequences.” “When we make those kinds of comments, and we wish people to tumble in line for you, it creates it some-more difficult,” he told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, adding that Trump was “posturing” for a media. “We design when possibilities make commitments, that they keep them,” Priebus added in an talk on Fox News Sunday.

  • The RNC authority also dismissed a probability that Paul Ryan could emerge from a contested convention, observant a GOP hopeful will be “one of a 3 stream candidates.” “Our claimant is someone who is running,” Priebus told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of a Union.”
  • And he suggested a contested gathering would not get staid on a second ballot. If the competition isn’t staid going into Cleveland, “we’re going to have a multi-ballot convention,” he said on ABC. “In any turn of voting, some-more and some-more representatives are giveaway to collect a claimant of their choice.” But Priebus was clever to note, “Nothing can get stolen from anyone.”

— Trump voiced bewail for retweeting a adverse design of Heidi Cruz. “I could have finished nonetheless a tweet,” he certified on “Fox News Sunday.” The GOP front-runner refused to acknowledge he done a mistake on his termination comments in final week’s city hall, however. “As a suppositious question, we would have rather answered it in a opposite manner,” said Trump, adding that he has since corrected his stance. Trump also remained daring regarding Corey Lewandowski, job him a “good, honest man” after he was charged with battery for grabbing a womanlike reporter’s arm. “The easier thing to do would have been [to glow him],” pronounced Trump. “But we don’t wish to hurt him. I don’t wish to destroy him.”

— Trump hesitated when asked if termination is murder. It is one of 5 positions he took on termination during a three-day window:


Trump pounded Cruz on Instagram as unlikeable: 

Does anybody like Lyin’ Ted?

A video posted by Donald J. Trump (@realdonaldtrump) on Apr 1, 2016 during 11:38am PDT

Trump continued to impugn Megyn Kelly and make vast promises to Wisconsinites:

Clinton done a warn entrance during a taping of BET’s “Black Girls Rock”:

Chelsea Handler found a Trump piñata in Aguascalientes:

David Axelrod found something blank in a Trump hotel sign:

Fiorina campaigned for Cruz in Fargo, N.D.:

Over in Wisconsin, Sarah Palin inebriated as a broker for Trump:

A singular steer — dull chairs during a Sanders event:

Cher corroborated Clinton:

Meanwhile, Sanders supporters protested CNN’s choosing coverage outward a Los Angeles bureau:

Capitol Hill distinguished Apr Fools’ Day:

An artist from Vietnam visited Chris Van Hollen with a 1/100th scale indication of a Capitol done of toothpicks:

Angus King and mother Mary biked a National Mall on Saturday:

Mary and we had a singular Saturday in Washington so we rented bikes during Union Station and did a length of a Mall and back. The hardest partial of a float was navigating a people; a sidewalks and streets were tangled nonetheless it was fun to watch everybody holding in a unusual sights. And if we demeanour closely in a background, we can usually make out hundreds of kites drifting adult circuitously a Washington Monument.

A print posted by Senator Angus King (@anguskingmaine) on Apr 2, 2016 during 3:56pm PDT



On a discuss trail: Candidates are in New York and Wisconsin. Here’s a rundown:

  • Clinton: Cohoes, N.Y.
  • Sanders: Janesville, Green Bay, Milwaukee, Wis.
  • Trump: La Crosse, Superior, Milwaukee, Wis.
  • Cruz: Madison, Kenosha, Milwaukee, Waukesha, Wis.
  • Kasich: Hempstead, Huntington, N.Y.

At a White House: President Obama binds a shared assembly with NATO Secretary-General Stoltenberg and hosts a accepting for Greek Independence Day.

On Capitol Hill: The Senate considers a Defend Trade Secrets Act during 5 p.m. The House is not in session.



— Today will feature topsy-turvy temperatures and lots of wind. The Capital Weather Gang forecasts: “After a frail start, temperatures fire adult rather fast this morning, rising good into a 60s by mid-afternoon. But then, skies cloud over and showers are approaching late this afternoon and dusk with a subsequent front hastily by a region. A rumble of rumble isn’t out of a question. Highs strech 65-70 degrees before rains pierce in.”

— The Wizards mislaid to a L.A. Clippers 114-109, likely finale a team’s playoff prospects. “Washington isn’t mathematically separated from postseason row during 37-40, nonetheless a contingency are long. With 5 games remaining on a schedule, a Wizards are four games behind a Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons, who are now tied for a final dual playoff spots,” Jorge Castillo explains.

— D.C. officials will betray an “array of possibilities” for a destiny RFK Stadium skill tonight, including a new 65,000-seat Redskins track and a basketball and hockey venue able of replacing the Verizon Center. (Jonathan O’Connell)

— At slightest a dozen people were harmed last night in a pile-up along Interstate 270 in Montgomery County that involved “at slightest five” vehicles. (Martin Weil)

— The Washington Monument reopened Sunday for business as usual, after being sealed twice over a past week for conveyor repairs. (Martin Weil and Michael Smith)

A 26-year-old masculine was struck and killed by a infantry cruiser in Fairfax County after stepping in front of a vehicle. The officer was put on slight executive leave for a generation of a review nonetheless is not approaching to be charged. (Michael Smith)

— Maryland lawmakers are proposing a series of solutions to fight a state’s heroin epidemic, including relaxation rapist penalties for drug offenses and changeable income to diagnosis and rehab programs instead. (Josh Hicks


SNL spoofed CNN’s Kate Bolduan interviewing Trump believer Scottie Nell Hughes (read about Hughes and Trump’s other cable-news surrogates here):

Sanders done a warn entrance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert:

“Is this a warrant situation?” Watch what happened when people simulated to support Trump on Facebook:

Christie is still defending a proceed he cooking MMs:

A Chihuahua was safely apprehended by infantry after a insane lurch opposite San Francisco’s Bay Bridge:

A skydiver’s camera prisoner a weird midair collision over Zephyrhills, Fla.:

Bob Woodward and Bob Costa discuss their sit-down with Trump:

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